“I had a black dog.” It’s always pleasant to talk about pets, but “the black dog” owned by the main character is not so favorable. It is depression that followed him like a shadow. When it results in psychological trauma by frustrations, failures, attacks and pains, we’ll meet this “black dog”. And when we slip into a long-term negative situation or can’t eliminate our psychological shadow, this “black dog” will follow us all the time, like shackles, making us feel more down and depressed, which can’t be cured even after using all kinds of medical treatments, then we’ll lose our faith to life, and finally be devoured by darkness.
This is actually the trap Satan sets for us; we always lives in Satan’s ambuscade. When we do not have God in our heart, it’s easy for us to fall and become mired in defeat, and live in Satan’s net when we run into a little setback or hardship. Just as God’s word says, “After God created mankind and gave them spirits, He enjoined them that if they didn’t call out to God, then they would not be able to connect with His Spirit and thus the ‘satellite television’ from heaven would not be received on earth. When God is no longer in people’s spirits there is an empty seat left open for other things, and that’s how Satan seizes the opportunity to get in. When people contact God with their hearts, Satan immediately goes into a panic and rushes to escape. Through mankind’s cries God gives them what they need, but He does not ‘reside’ within them at first. He just constantly gives them aid because of their cries and people gain hardiness from that internal strength so that Satan dare not come here to ‘play’ at its will. This way, if people constantly connect with God’s Spirit, Satan dare not come to disrupt. Without Satan’s disruption, all of people’s lives are normal and God has the opportunity to work within them without any obstructions. This way, what God wants to do can be achieved through humans.”
From God’s words, we see that as long as we pray often, have a normal relationship with God, and receive the work of Holy Spirit, when we are tempted and harassed by Satan, we can rely on God to see through Satan’s scheme, then Satan will have no way to disturb and restrain us. Because we are created by God, only God can care and keep us, and help us break away from Satan’s influence. Thus this “black dog” which is difficult to rid will not continue following us, and the depression will also be cured without treatment.
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